DEFRA

  • Defra chief under fire over migrant crew measures

    Defra chief under fire over migrant crew measures

    26th December 2023

    Defra secretary of state Steve Barclay has acknowledged that there are ‘questions from the fishing industry’ in respect of what an SNP MP described as the ‘draconian’ increase in the minimum salary level for migrant fishermen, announced at the start…

  • Flavours of the future: innovations to preserve taste and reduce waste

    Flavours of the future: innovations to preserve taste and reduce waste

    17th October 2023

    With the UK Seafood Innovation Fund’s latest research and development projects underway, Fishing News is delving into some of the innovations that the fund has supported. This week: how two different supply chain innovations could help feed the UK’s appetite…

  • Defra threatened with legal action for exceeding ICES advice

    Defra threatened with legal action for exceeding ICES advice

    2nd October 2023

    The NGO Blue Marine Foundation has announced it is intending to take legal action against Defra. Its action, it says, aims to force Defra to restrict the issue of UK quotas to limits within ICES advice. In setting catch limits…

  • New berths for Shoreham inshore fleet

    New berths for Shoreham inshore fleet

    7th August 2023

    Shoreham dock, where Defra minister Mark Spencer made his announcements about the latest round of infrastructure funds under the UK Seafood Fund, also received funds in the initial round – a £535,000 grant towards the costs of rejuvenating the dry…

  • Fly-shooting frustration as Defra avoids decisions

    Fly-shooting frustration as Defra avoids decisions

    2nd August 2023

    Urgent need for action, not more consultation, say inshore leaders on both sides of Channel Industry reaction to the long-awaited outcome of the consultation on fly-shooting in the English Channel echoed the frustrations of many fishermen, who have been campaigning…

  • Raft of Defra announcements made for fishing industry

    Raft of Defra announcements made for fishing industry

    26th July 2023

    New consultations, responses to previous consultations – though few decisions – and UK Seafood Fund grant announcements on same day from Defra In a wide-ranging announcement last week, Defra launched a series of consultations on proposed reforms of fisheries management…

  • Fly-seining consultation confirms further consultation!

    Fly-seining consultation confirms further consultation!

    26th July 2023

    Squid derogation to go ‘as soon as practicable’ – all other proposals deferred to NQS FMP The long-awaited Defra response to the consultation on managing fly-shooting within the southern North Sea and English Channel was included within its raft of…

  • Defra confirms that a UK-Faroe deal has been concluded

    Defra confirms that a UK-Faroe deal has been concluded

    20th April 2023

    Fishing opportunities worth £5m to UK – and hope of a resolution in the Special Area licensing dispute Defra has confirmed that a coastal states agreement between the UK and Faroe has been reached for 2023. It claims that the…

  • Defra confirms first HPMAs in English waters

    Defra confirms first HPMAs in English waters

    9th March 2023

    Lindisfarne escapes designation – other boundaries amended Environment secretary Thérèse Coffey announced last Tuesday the final decisions on the five candidate sites for the first HPMAs in English waters, reports Andy Read. The announcement comes after an eight-month consultation period…

  • Outrage as Defra closes file on die-offs

    Outrage as Defra closes file on die-offs

    23rd February 2023

    Defra will not carry out any further investigations into the cause of shellfish deaths in the North East of England, and there is ‘no question’ of the government offering any financial support or compensation to fishermen in the region, reports…

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